An interesting new tool has been added to our studio’s arsenal some weeks ago, and I’m so impressed with the way it can enhance my renders and photos that I think it would worth a new post.
Filter Forge 3 (and soon 4) is a photoshop plugin which provides countless opportunities to create your own filters with its node-based editor, or you can browse more than 9000 filters created by users. And if you contribute enough by creating and sharing your own filters, you can even get a free copy if it’s well-earned.
A detailed review of Filter Forge 3 is available at YURdigital, written by Michel. He provides a bunch of useful information, along with tips and screenshots.
In this post I’d like to show the results of using different kinds of filters that can be found in the library of Filter Forge. Since all I changed were some settings of the presets (without getting lost among the nodes of the filter editor), I can tell how quickly we’re able to give our renders a big boost!
Let’s see my latest render, which I simply named Tiny Trunk. Inspired by a similar photo.
This scene was created and rendered in Vue 10.5 Infinite, using FasyHybrid Depth of Field with 10 passes. The final version was made combining multiple filters in Filter Forge. The result is relaxing, but vibrant and unique. Now let’s see how the render looked like after a minor postwork in Photoshop:
Pretty different, I know! If you look at it, you can see a simple render, there’s nothing really special about it. But this simple render was a nice material to work with in Filter Forge.
In the following images you can see how specific filters have changed the look and mood of this image. I’ve selected my favorite filters that I find the best to enhance renders.
So, as you can see, you can bring out a lot of even the most simple renders. If your goal is making something artistic instead of sticking to hyperrealism, Filter Forge is a great choice for you. As an artist as well as a content provider who likes sharing their textures.